Crowns And Bridges

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Yorktown, Shrub Oak, NY

If you have issues with chewing, tooth sensitivity, or smiling confidently, a crown or bridge may be right for you. Elliot Ledner, DDS, Janet Zaiff, DDS, and the team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs offers reliable and restorative options for patients in the Shrub Oak and Yorktown, New York, area. If you’re looking to replace, strengthen, or restore a damaged tooth, the team offers several treatment options. Call the office today to learn more.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns treat chipped, decayed, worn, or broken teeth. They serve as an artificial tooth cover that goes over your natural tooth. A crown’s material varies. Options include:

  • Porcelain
  • Zirconia
  • Gold
  • Porcelain fused to metal

Many of these options match the color of your teeth, so the crown blends in seamlessly.

Crowns can also attach to a dental implant and serve as the replacement tooth.

Bridges replace any missing teeth you may have with a pontic (or fake tooth). They span the space where your tooth is missing, using a tooth or teeth on either side for support via a crown. 

Bridges are preventive because a missing tooth can decrease health in surrounding teeth, and are also great for aesthetic reasons to restore a smile. 

Why might I need a crown or bridge?

Bridges and crowns help with oral function, like chewing, improve tooth health, and restore your smile’s appearance. 

Crowns: 

  • Improve a tooth’s shape and look 
  • Restore a tooth after a root canal 
  • Protect a tooth that’s particularly sensitive 
  • Cover a broken, cracked, or weakened tooth 
  • Strengthen a tooth with a large filling 
  • Attach a bridge 

Bridges:

  • Provide you with a replacement tooth
  • Prevent surrounding teeth from moving 
  • Prevent oral imbalances 
  • Avoid gum diseases and jaw conditions

If you are experiencing issues with your oral health, Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs can discuss whether a crown or bridge may be right for you.

What can I expect when receiving a crown or bridge?

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs works with you to best determine the treatment plan for receiving a crown or bridge, which may take more than one appointment. 

Your dentist first reduces the size of your tooth (or teeth in some bridge cases) so that the crown or bridge fits, and then takes an oral impression to create a mold of the tooth. Your dentist then provides you with a temporary crown.

After a dental lab creates the crown or bridge, you return to permanently cement the crown onto your tooth, or bridge into the gap in your mouth. 

Crowns can last decades if you keep up good oral hygiene. It’s not abnormal for your crown or bridge to loosen or fall out, and if this happens, schedule a follow-up appointment immediately. 

Call the office to discuss your crown and bridge treatment options today with Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs.